Montgomery loves family atmosphere at USC

4-star defensive end Sam Montgomery and the rest of the highly regarded Greenwood High School Crew were just a few of the elite prospects at South Carolina's Gamecock Showcase Camp on Friday. Read inside to see what the explosive defensive end thought of the camp, where the Gamecocks stand now, and when he plans to make a final decision.


The 6'5", 240-pound Montgomery had seen the South Carolina campus several times before Friday's visit, but the dynamic pass-rusher said he still really enjoyed the atmosphere around the Gamecocks' camp and just being at USC again.

"It was fine; the sun was shining. It feels good out here; the field looks nice. It's a real lovely place," Montgomery said with a smile, just a few minutes after the camp concluded on Friday. "I think it's alive. It's always alive at South Carolina. There's always a calm, cool breeze. I love the people here. You can tell it's a family atmosphere; everybody is always welcome."

The long, athletic defensive end says he feels very comfortable with the USC program and could see himself fitting in at South Carolina in the future.

"I could see myself positively fitting in, in this program," Montgomery said. "It's probably 100 percent, almost definite that I could fit in with this program."

In addition to South Carolina, Montgomery says there are a few other schools beginning to stand out to him in the recruiting process.

"There are a couple of schools that stand out that are starting to get in on me like Miami, LSU, Southern California, USC and a couple of others that stand out to me. But right now those are the ones, and Clemson, that I feel strong (about)."

The Palmetto State jumbo-athlete says he will visit a couple of programs on the west coast soon.

"I'm going on a trip to Las Vegas, so I'm going to hopefully visit Oregon and Southern California while I'm out there," Montgomery said.

Montgomery says if he had to decide today where he would take official visits to that he would go to Southern California, Michigan, LSU and Miami. He feels that official visits to South Carolina and Clemson won't be necessary, because he "can see them every day."

Montgomery stated that he will be at as many South Carolina and Clemson home games as he can make it to this fall.

"I'll be surprised if I miss a home game," Montgomery said. "It's right down the street, so right after we win on Friday night, me and a couple of the boys will come out here and watch the game."

The nation's No. 7 ranked defensive end reiterated that he plans to wait until next February before coming to a final decision on his college choice.

"It will probably be about 24 hours before signing day."

Montgomery, who totaled 65 tackles and 20 sacks in his junior season, has over 40 scholarship offers to his credit and is projected by Scout.com to be the no. 2 overall prospect in the Palmetto State's Class of 2009.


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